Event to honor their father exceeds expectations for Pat Bowlen's children (Ryan O'Halloran, The Denver Post)
Calling the event "unbelievable" and "comforting," the children of late Broncos owner Pat Bowlen were provided with a first-hand view Tuesday of how much the team's fans respected their father.
During a five-hour public event at Broncos Stadium at Mile High, thousands of visitors toured an impressive display of Bowlen's memorabilia and provided their condolences to six of Bowlen's seven children who attended.
Open-house tribute to Pat Bowlen draws thousands (Mike Klis, 9NEWS)
They came in formal dresses and coat and ties. They came in Broncos' costumes and team jerseys.
And they came by the thousands, moving slowly step by step to pay their final respects to Pat Bowlen, the three-and-a-half decade owner of the Denver Broncos and offer comfort to his children.
A look inside memorial tribute for Pat Bowlen at Mile High (Nicole Brady, Meghan Lopez and Troy Renck, KMGH)
In addition to football memorabilia, the memorial included several photographs and items from Bowlen's private life. A visitation area gave fans a chance to quietly mourn and pay their respects.
Pat Bowlen honored for checking off a lot of important boxes with Denver Broncos (Woody Paige, Colorado Springs Gazette)
Perhaps the most significant aspect of the tribute, which was extended beyond its scheduled five hours by two to get everyone into the hallways, was the greeting of every child, woman and man who came from Bowlen children Beth, Pat Jr., Johnny, Brittany, Annabel and Christianna. Pat always tried to protect them from the limelight, but the attention has glared on them since their father's illness took him away from the Broncos and into the dark shadows.